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Palacio Nacional de Mafra

Terreiro D. Joao V, Mafra 2640, Portugal
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Mafra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Resort Communities
Activities: Dining
Traveler Description: Mafra Palace The Mafra Palace is located at Terreiro D. João V. Mafra is a town of 11,000 and holds the Mafra Palace. The palace, which also served... more »
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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I was astonished by Mafra Palace, going through the guidebook we were using we almost didn't bother visiting but I am so glad that we did. We didn't bother with a guided tour, we just wondered around the building and lost the next two hours. Apparently the palace and monastery were the setting of point for one of the last... More

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Oeiras, Portugal
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This building is huge and there is a lot to see. You can walk through quickly but you will miss many details and it is worth it to take a little time and read the signs and just take in this building. I was impressed by the wall paintings and I learned that although the paintings have been restored, they... More

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Alton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

What a truly stunning huge building. so impressive .A tour takes around 1- 1 1/2 hours to complete .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We stopped off in Mafra to have a quick look at the Palace as part of a day away from the beach. We wanted to see as much of the general area as possible so hadn't necessarily intended going in and the green guide was a bit misleading about how to visit, We had the impression you could only do... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Although part of the Palace is being repaired it is still in a beautiful condition and we spent a couple of hours touring at a leisurely pace. It is the second time that we have visited and we still enjoyed the time looking around this beautiful palace. I would recommend anyone to visit this location

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Montefollonico, Italy
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106 reviews 106 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Joao V built this huge castle for his passion, hunting!It took 23 years to build and there were almost 50000 workwers employed to do the job. 2000 of them died. The state was almost bankrupt at completion of this castle and most of it was financed by the colony Brasil. It is 40,000 squre meters large. You feel lost inside!... More

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Cascais, Portugal
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I have lived in Portugal now for over 2 years. Mafra is one of my most favorite towns! In August there is a festival of breads and pastries and it is simply delightful and tasty!!!! The cathedral has recently been renovated and they have done an exceptional job. The statues and the magnitude of the cathedral is simply amazing. This... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Traveling between Oporto and Lisbon, our tour scheduled a stop in Sintra where we had the opportunity to tour the interior of this historical treasure, built at the end of the 14th century. A most beautiful dining room (sala dos cisnes) ceiling depicts 27 white swans, all wearing a royal crown upside down around their necks. The swans appear to... More

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Cerritos, California
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We toured here in early May. The building is huge and is full of all sorts of interesting furniture and architecture. There is even a room in which everything is made of antlers. The library rivals the one in Coimbra. The place is huge - we felt like we walked for miles. Exhibits were well marked. The building has had... More

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north yorkshire
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10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

One really does not expect to find this palace, one of the largest in Europe, in the middle of a smallish town in the middle of Portugal but it is well worth the journey. This was one of the royal summer retreats but has shared alternative uses over the years, and the hospital area with its beds and undescribable instruments... More

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